Cyclone Wilma: 150km/h gusts over New Zealand

Written by Your VIPTRIP Team on December 28th, 2010

weatherwatch(c) 28/01/11 – 15:13
The storm remains a moderate category 2 cyclone. WeatherWatch predicts the centre of Wilma will lie east of Great Barrier Island, or north east of Coromandel Peninsula, around 7am Saturday morning then quickly move over East Cape around noon.

The storm’s fast movement means the risk of flooding and wind damage will be limited but please note the seas are incredibly dangerous and will likely pose the most serious threat to people and property. Swells around the centre of the cyclone are estimated to be between 6 and 8 metres.

Latest data from the government forecaster, MetService, puts her air pressure at 980hPa, indicating she has weakened a little quicker than originally predicted.

Tropical Cyclone continues her slow weakening process as she begins to transition from a tropical cyclone into an extra-tropical cyclone.

In saying that winds are still averaging 100km/h and WeatherWatch.co.nz estimates gusts are still climbing over 150km/h at times near the centre of the storm, which will track right near the Bay of Island and Tutukaka in the immediate hours after midnight tonight.

Despite weakening today, MetService charts indicate the cyclone will weaken very little in the next 12 to 18 hours, and the cyclone still poses a very serious threat to New Zealand the eastern coastline of the upper North Island, from the Far North to East Cape.

On top of the winds MetService have a number of rain warnings out for the upper North Island.

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Dangerous waves, rips and currents will remains across the east coast of the upper North Island – mainly Northland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty – until at least the end of Sunday, even if the weather is calm and sunny on Sunday…

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